Kennedy back as Catholic school trustee

Angela Kennedy is back for a fifth consecutive term as trustee with the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Kennedy, who was first elected to the position in November 2000, captured 53 per cent of the votes in TCDSB Ward 11. That translated into 9,045 votes – over twice the number earned by of second-place finisher Kevin Morrison, who came in at 4,452.

At Monday night’s victory party, held at Kennedy’s home, volunteers and assistants gathered around the living room TV, cheering as news came in of the win.

“Elected!” Kennedy and volunteer Michelle Andreoli declared in unison as the final results were announced.

Raising a glass to the victor, Marlene D’Silva, Kennedy’s assistant, said, “I’m so proud of you!”

As those attending the gathered hugged and praised each other, volunteer Ilda Nako expressed her gratitude to the voters.

“I love hearing people saying, ‘I always voted for her (Kennedy). You don’t need to convince me,'” she said. “She clearly deserves winning.”

As the chair of the Catholic School Advisory Council, Kennedy “sees the issues in the school board,” Andreoli said. “Some things need to be changed.  She is there for the job. She is there to do the job she was elected to do. Not to do the job that will get her elected.”

Kennedy said she was thrilled with the win.

“I am really happy to have the ratepayers and taxpayers reaffirm that they want me as a person to represent them,” she said. “It’s nice to get a large percentage of the vote to know that I have a mandate on behalf of the people I represent.”